Jennifer Rosner is affiliate assistant professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary and the author of Finding Messiah: A Journey Into the Jewishness of the Gospel, which releases on May 24, 2022. Today, Jen shares how a Jewish girl found Christ in college, how her faith actually grew at Yale seminary, and the dark night she experienced in her graduate work. She reminds us that questioning God and faith are not mutually exclusive. Jen’s story is a testament to the unity of the Gospel in the Testaments.
Listen to Jen’s story now!
Stories Jen shared:
- Growing up in Lake Tahoe, CA in a Jewish family
- Meeting Christian students in college and asking questions
- The practices that she celebrated in her family and the historicity of her roots
- Encountering Jesus through Cru and a Vineyard church
- Seeing the difference faith in Jesus made for her friends
- Reading John 15-17 and learning about abiding in Jesus
- The bond she felt with her brother as they both began believing in Jesus at the same time
- How going to Yale for her Master of Divinity built her faith
- Her cousin’s faith that challenged her Christianity
- Why faith and questions are not antithetical
- The embodied nature of Judaism and why it’s valuable
- How disconnected the Gospel has become from God’s covenant with Israel
Great quotes from Jen:
There’s a real humility to saying “I don’t know but let’s talk about it together.”
It’s a spiritual discipline to sit with the tensions.
Resources we mentioned:
- Jen’s website
- Finding Messiah: A Journey into the Jewishness of the Gospel by Jennifer M. Rosner
- Healing the Schism: Karl Barth, Franz Rosenzweig, and the New Jewish-Christian Encounter by Jennifer M. Rosner